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Book Launch - Competing Memories: Truth and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone and Peru

Bush House 8th Floor North Side, WC2R 4BG
12/12/2017 (18:00-19:30)
Dr Rebekka Friedman
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Rebekka Friedman, in conversation with Professor Daniel Philpott, on her book Competing Memories: Truth and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone and Peru (Cambridge University Press, 2017)


Dr Rebekka Friedman, War Studies, King's College London.

Professor Daniel Philpott, Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Chair: Dr Rachel Kerr, War Studies, King's College London.

The event will be jointly hosted by the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group, the War Crimes Research Group and the London Transitional Justice Network 


The aftermath of modern conflicts, deeply rooted in political, economic and social structures, leaves pervasive and often recurring legacies of violence. Addressing past injustice is therefore fundamental not only for societal well-being and peace, but also for future conflict prevention. This book launch panel will draw on Dr Rebekka Friedman's new book, Competing Memories: Truth and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone and Peru.  Drawing on extensive in depth field research in rural and urban areas in Sierra Leone and Peru, this book fills a significant gap, examining the importance of context within transitional justice and peace-building. It lays out long-term and often unexpected indirect effects of formal and informal justice processes. Offering a novel conceptual understanding of 'procedural reconciliation' on the societal level, it provides a critical analysis of the contribution and challenges facing transitional justice in post-conflict societies. It will be of interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, international relations, human rights and conflict studies. The panel will discuss both the challenges and possibilities of reconciliation following protracted social conflicts. 

Dr. Rebekka Friedman - Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

Her research focuses on the intersection transitional justice, peace-building, gender, memory, and reconciliation. She has conducted in-depth field research experience on formal and informal transitional justice, healing and reconciliation processes in rural and urban areas of Sierra Leone Peru, Colombia and Sri Lanka. Her book, Competing Memories: Truth and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone and Peru (Cambridge University Press), came out in August 2017. She is co-editor (with Kirsten Ainley and Chris Mahony) of Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone (Palgrave 2015). She is a former editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies. She is currently carrying out a two-year research project funded by the ESRC on gender, marginalization and recovery, entitled, Hidden Voices (

Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He writes on religion and global politics with a focus on reconciliation. He is the author of Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (Oxford, 2012) and has promoted faith-based reconciliation as an activist in Uganda, Congo, Burundi, and Uganda. 

The book launch will be followed by a drinks reception.

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